Arsenal new boy Yaya Sanogo nets for France in under-20 win

France Football

Imminent Arsenal signing Yaya Sanogo scored for France's under-20 side earlier today.

The under-20 World Cup kicks off late next week, and England will be hoping for a better showing than their under-21 side put on in Israel.

Fans of Arsenal may however take more interest in the France side, for there are no Gunners in England's squad, but one intriguing name set to line up for Les Bleus.

That would be Yaya Sanogo, the 20-year-old who is expected to complete his transfer to the Gunners after the tournament, when his contract with Auxerre will officially expire.

He has already undertaken a medical at Arsenal, and the transfer is expected now to be a formality, preventing any late mishaps.

Sanogo will be a key man for France's under-20 side, having been a regular scorer at all youth levels for his country in his career to date.

The tournament is a good step up for him, for he will get to play alongside compatriots like Paul Pogba of Juventus, who will captain the side.

France are taking a strong squad, with Pogba and Sanogo joined by Florent Thauvin and Lucas Digne among others.

They warmed up with a friendly against Greece earlier today, with Sanogo opening the scoring in the 34th minute.

Pogba added a second half penalty before Rennes midfielder Axel Ngando added a late third before Greece netted an injury time consolation, as the match ended 3-1.

France's under-20s are in action on Friday against Colombia in a friendly, before playing the first group game of the tournament in Turkey against Ghana next week.

Sanogo will clearly be a player to watch, and keen to show that Arsenal have indeed picked up an absolute bargain.

Here is a look at England's key men ahead of the tournament.

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